Whoever keeps an open ear For tattlers will be sure to hear The trumpet of contention.
He's gone, and who knows how may he report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Gossip is what no one claims to like -- but everyone enjoys.
Gossip is the art of saying nothing in such a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither -- these makes the finest company in the world.
Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
What some invent the rest enlarge.
Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo, The numbers of the feared.
We've heard the rumors, but it would be irresponsible to reply to those rumors at this stage.
Enemies carry a report in form different from the original.
A mind conscious of innocence laughs at the lies of rumor.
It (rumour) has a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths, a voice of iron.
Rumor is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures, And of so easy and so plain a stop That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The still-discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it.
Rumor has winged feet like Mercury.
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